Discover medieval marvels, Italian romance and outstanding opera on dreamy Verona holidays
Whether you’re scribbling a love letter on the stone walls beneath Juliet’s balcony or shopping at Chanel along glitzy Via Mazzini, you’ll feel the star-crossed lovers’ vibe throughout holidays to Verona. One night you could be watching Aida in a breathtaking 2000-year-old Roman open-air amphitheatre, the next joining the sleek and stylish on their evening passeggiata underneath the ancient gate of Porta Borsari. Then there’s the refreshing taste of raspberry and lemon gelato as you stroll though Piazza di Signori lapped by glorious Renaissance palazzi, and a glass lift ride up to the marble-clad roof of 12th-Century Torre dei Lamberti for panoramic city views.
We’ve been to Verona and love this wistful little part of the world. From the melody of church bells tolling every hour at the Gardello Tower to a glass of sparkling Chiaretto on a pretty terrace, there’s plenty of ‘lost-in-time’ vibes inside the historic centre. We love the blend of Renaissance and Gothic architecture, the fresco-filled churches and the bewitching Italianate Giusti Gardens. Our hand-picked Verona holidays put you at the heart of the romance; a stay at Il Sogno di Giulietta gives you exclusive evening access to Juliet’s famous balcony and courtyard as the crowds are ushered away, and Grand Hotel Des Arts puts you so close to the railway station you can hop on the train for a whimsical day trip to Venice or Milan.
Away from impressive defensive fortresses and intricate architecture hidden inside the city gates is a world of hilltop villages and Veronese vineyards – a Valpolicella masterpiece of wine and whim that gives Tuscany a run for its money.
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Best time to visit Verona
Visit in late spring and early autumn to experience mild and pleasant temperatures and fewer tourists. Summer is the most popular time to visit but it can be very hot and busy. The world-renowned Arena Opera Festival is held from June to August so this is the ideal to visit if you long to experience the drama and spectacle of some of the world's finest operas. The winter months can be foggy and frosty but the beautifully lit-up piazzas, Christmas markets and cosy cafés create a romantic setting.
Verona holiday highlights
In the heart of the city is the picturesque Piazza del Erbe, a bustling square on the former site of the Roman Forum. The square's colourful market, frescoed buildings, soaring 12th-Century tower and ornate fountain topped with a Roman statue dubbed the 'Virgin of Verona' make this scenic spot a great place for people-watching. Buzzing cafés, restaurants and bars line the square, and it’s dramatically lit up at night when it hosts everything from live music and performance art to author readings and silent discos.
The small courtyard where you’ll find Casa di Giulietta and Juliet’s famous balcony is just a two-minute walk from the Piazza del Erbe. Pose here for a photo with the bronze statue of Juliet, or post a love letter. If you stay at Il Sogno Di Giulietta you’ll enjoy exclusive evening access to the courtyard and balcony when it closes to the general public.
A must-visit is the Roman Arena, which was created with rose-coloured marble in the 1st Century. Reverberating with the classical tones of Aida and Carmen, the Roman amphitheatre of the Verona Arena sits in the bustling Piazza Brà, and once the stage of the famed Roman games and battle ground of gladiators, today it’s the setting for some of the world’s most dramatic operatic performances. Every year, you can experience the Arena Opera Festival that runs from June through to August.
On the opposite side of the River Adige, Verona’s Roman Theatre was carved into the hillside to make great use of its stunning surrounds below and beyond. Discover a fine collection of art, medieval weapons and jewellery at the Castelvecchio Museum, housed in a medieval castle once occupied by the Scala family and climb the 84 metre-high Lamberti Tower for splendid views over the city.
Where is Verona?
Verona is one of Italy’s smaller cities and lies in the Veneto region, just 75 miles north of Venice. The eastern bank of Lake Garda is just 30 minutes away and the two destinations work perfectly as a twin centre.
Getting around Verona
The compact city is easily walkable and exploring by bicycle is also a charming way to see the sights. There are designated taxi ranks throughout the city and a great network of buses with daily passes available to buy.
Food & drink
The food scene in Verona is exceptional. There are plenty of authentic food experiences to be had, whether you’re eating at a family-run osteria or in an atmospheric converted church. Expect candlelit wine cellars, informal trattorias and plenty of fine dining. Local specialities include risotto all’Amarone, bigoli and all different kinds of gnocchi. There are also refreshing fruit cups and gelato, charcuterie and cheese boards, and of course those famous Valpolicella reds and sparkling rosé Chiarettos. You’ll find Michelin-starred dining just steps away from the House of Juliet, pizzerias offering more than 50 flavours and traditional Veronese cuisine in the most romantic of settings.